Published: Sat, July 15, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Wimbledon 2017: Garbine Muguruza poses formidable final hurdle for resurgent Venus Williams

Wimbledon 2017: Garbine Muguruza poses formidable final hurdle for resurgent Venus Williams

However, Muguruza has produced some of the best tennis of her career in SW19 this fortnight, knocking out world No1 Angelique Kerber and dismantling No7 seed Svetlana Kuznetsova easily in the quarter-finals.

'Dear John, I adore and respect you but please please keep me out of your statements that are not factually based, ' she posted.

Muguruza is the first Spanish woman to reach more than one Wimbledon final since Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, who lost twice in the 1990s. "I have to go out there and take it", said Williams, who reached her first major final 20 years ago in NY. "When I look across the net, I don't think it's the right mentality to believe in that person more than me".

Inspired by her decision to hire compatriot Conchita Martinez as her temporary coach for Wimbledon, Muguruza has enjoyed a revival of her own over the last fortnight.

There have been times since her last Wimbledon triumph in 2008 against Serena when it seemed the older of the two Williams sisters would hang up her racket.

Having crushed Johanna Konta with a masterful semi-final victory that made her the oldest Wimbledon finalist for 23 years, Venus admitted she is relishing her return to prominence when many had written her off.

With Martinez in her corner, Muguruza will play Venus Williams in Saturday's final after crushing Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1, 6-1 in the last four on Thursday.

"I always stare at the wall where there are all the names of the previous winners. I think it's wonderful to have the opportunity to play well and to be strong", she said. I like to think it's working for me.

"I definitely want to be the one who takes the big one", Muguruza said.

"I have to believe that, and I know she has to believe that". If she wins, then she would surpass Serena as the oldest Wimbledon women's singles champion in the professional era and the oldest since Charlotte Sterry in 1908. Before I do something, they both decided.

Here, with the help of Opta, we look at the best facts as Venus looks to put the Williams name on the honours board for another year.

But she has rediscovered her mojo on grass and would climb into the top five if she wins Wimbledon.

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